Composers The Best Classical Composers  

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The best classical composers of all time ranked from best to worst. These classical composers are some of the best musicians in history, and are responsible for some of the greatest works of classical music the world has ever heard. Though these were men of a classical era of music, their concertos, sonatas, and movements are present in everything from rock concerts to blockbuster movies and are some of the most popular classical songs.

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1
5,173 1,704
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)
2
5,077 1,737
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)
3
4,598 1,508
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)
4
2,837 1,553
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)
5
2,806 1,238
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)
6
2,028 796
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)
7
1,804 831
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)
8
2,147 1,130
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)
9
1,656 658
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)
10
1,711 736
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)
11
1,563 840
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)
12
1,548 931
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)
13
1,522 750
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)
14
1,467 672
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)
15
1,422 540
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)
16
1,350 482
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 69 (1906-1975)
17
1,324 498
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)
18
1,051 555
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)
19
1,070 493
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)
20
956 418
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)
21
984 450
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)
22
799 405
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)
23
876 378
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)
24
758 345
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)
25
886 498
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)